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Top 7 chronic diseases in India: Watch out for the symptoms!

chronic diseases in India

“Chronic diseases are the long-term medical conditions that are generally progressive”

Statistics show that chronic diseases are the leading cause of deaths in India, accounting for 60% of all deaths annually, killing more than 5 million people every year. Looking at the current scenario, chronic ailments are a disease burden in India, being a major cause of infirmity and death, leading to a serious impact on individuals and on society in general. According to a WHO report, the major risk factors for chronic diseases are:

Tobacco

Alcohol consumption

Physical inactivity

Unhealthy diet

Overweight/obesity

Elevated blood pressure or hypertension

Raised cholesterol

Raised blood glucose

Climate or air pollution

 

The top most common chronic diseases in India are:

Breast cancer

Prostate cancer

Diabetes

Cholesterol/ Lipid

Cardiac

PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease)

Asthma

 

What makes the situation more alarming is the fact that most of us live in a state of denial, ignoring the common signs and symptoms of these chronic diseases. Regular monitoring of our health parameters and using these results as a benchmark to initiate changes in lifestyle with proper medications will not only save many lives but reduce the cost burden of these dreaded diseases to a major extent.

Listed below are a detailed account of these diseases, their causes, and information about prevention.

 

BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that develops from the breast cells. It mostly starts in the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply them with milk. The breast cancer that starts in the lobules is known as “Lobular Carcinoma”, while the one that develops from the ducts is called as “Ductal Carcinoma”.

It is the most invasive cancer in females worldwide.

CAUSES

Some of the risk factors that can impact on a woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer are:

Aging

Genetics

Obesity

Alcohol consumption

History of breast cancer

Having had certain types of breast lump

Radiation exposure

Dense breast tissue

Estrogens exposure

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Certain jobs

PREVENTION

Adopting lifestyle modifications can significantly help reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer:

Avoiding alcohol or having them in moderation

Exercising 5 days a week

Having a healthy and well-balanced diet

Limiting hormone therapy

Maintaining a healthy body weight

Breast cancer screening and test

 

BREAST CANCER PREVALENCE

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in India, accounting for 25% to 32% of cancers in females. It has been seen that India is experiencing an unprecedented rise in the number of breast cancer cases across all sections of the society.

 

PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate cancer begins to grow in the prostate gland cells and It affects exocrine gland in a male reproductivIt affects only men.

CAUSES

There are no specific causes of prostate cancer but the probable factors are:

Age

Genetics

Diet

Medication

Obesity

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

 

PREVENTION

There is no established fact that shows prostate cancer prevention, but the risk can be reduced by making healthy choices like:

Regular exercising

Low-fat diet

Eat more fat from plants than from animals

Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables

Reduce the intake of dairy products

 

PROSTATE CANCER PREVALENCE

Prostate cancer (PC) is accounted as the second most common cause of cancer and the sixth leading cause of cancer death among men worldwide.

In India, it is the second most common cancer in Indian males. The incidence rate in India is 9-10/100000 population which is higher than any other parts of Asia and Africa.

 

DIABETES

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which the blood glucose levels remain higher than normal for a prolonged period. There are two main kinds of diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.

CAUSES

The risk factors for diabetes (Type 2) are:

Age (45 or older)

Family history of diabetes

Physical inactivity

History of Gestational diabetes

Certain health conditions associated with insulin resistance

Overweight or obesity

Hypertension

Depression

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

Fasting triglycerides over 250 mg/dL

Obstructive sleep apnea and chronic sleep deprivation

 

PREVENTION

Diabetes can be prevented by:

Exercising regularly

Eliminating grains and sugars for diet

Eliminating fructose and Trans fats

Having plenty of omega-3 fast from a high-quality, animal-based source

Having probiotics

 

DIABETES PREVELANCE

Diabetes is fast gaining the status of a budding epidemic in India with more than 62 million diabetic individuals currently been diagnosed with the disease.

 

CHOLESTEROL/LIPID

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body and has an important natural function. If there is an excess of cholesterol in the blood then it can combine with other substances present in the blood and stick to the walls of the arteries. This is called plaque. Plaque can cause narrowing of the arteries or can even block them.

 

CAUSES

There are many things that can affect cholesterol levels, these include:

Food: Eating too much of Trans fat, saturated fat

Obesity or overweight

Being physically inactive

Age

Family history

 

PREVENTION

Cholesterol can be prevented or lowered by:

Lifestyle modifications

Exercising regularly

Diet modifications

 

CHOLESTEROL PREVALENCE

In has been reported that at least three-fourths of the country’s population has abnormal levels of cholesterol or triglycerides, suffering from a condition called dyslipidemia, which increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases.

 

CARDIAC DISEASES

Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

 

CAUSES

The most important risk factors of for cardiovascular diseases include:

Unhealthy diet

Physically inactive

Tobacco use

Alcohol consumptions

Obesity

High cholesterol levels

 

PREVENTION

Cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by following:

Cessation of tobacco use

Reduction of salt in diet

Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables

Avoiding alcohol

Exercising regularly

 

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVALENCE

It has been reported that in the past two years, there has been an alarming increase in the incidence of heart diseases in India. According to government statistics, approximately one-fourth of all deaths among people in the 25-69 years age group are due to cardiovascular diseases.

 

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOD)

PCOD is a disorder of the endocrine system, characterized by the formation of cysts, which are benign growths filled with fluids in the ovaries.

 

CAUSES

The exact cause of PCOD is not known, but it is believed to be caused by an imbalance between Progesterone and Estrogen, and an excess of Androgen.

 

PREVENTION

PCOD cannot be prevented. But an early diagnosis and treatment can help in preventing long-term complications, such as infertility, metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

 

PCOD PREVALENCE

PCOD has a prevalence ranging from approximately 2.2% to 26% in adult women within the age group 18 to 45 years.

 

ASTHMA

Asthma is a chronic condition in which the airways that carry air to the lungs are inflamed and narrowed.

 

CAUSES

The underlying cause of asthma is unknown, but it’s believed to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

 

PREVENTION

Asthma symptoms can be prevented by following measures:

Using allergy-proof covers on pillows and mattress

Remove carpets and stuff toys from the bedroom

Avoid areas where people smoke

Avoid harsh cleaning products and chemicals

Reduce the stress levels

Indoor exercise

Take control of the seasonal allergies

Adopting healthy lifestyle practices such as a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and quitting or avoiding tobacco, regular monitoring and taking proper medications can prevent or control the onset of debilitating and expensive complications of chronic diseases.

 

Also Read:  IS THIS THE TIME TO STOP DIETING?

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